Many home fires occur in Canada because of poorly-maintained appliances and heating equipment, and a dryer is no exception. Thorough dryer cleaning and regular maintenance is a mandatory requirement, according to many insurance companies and fire departments. You also need to ensure your dryer is running efficiently to avoid high energy costs. A lint trap only collects slightly more that half of the lint; the remaining lint is trapped in your dryer vent system. Lint accumulates over time and can lead to a hazardous fire. So how do you know it’s time to bring in a dryer vent cleaning service?
Your clothes take longer than the normal 35-40 minutes to dry
A clogged dryer vent extends the time it takes to dry your clothes. Rather than the usual 35-40 minutes, the drying cycle can extend up to twice or thrice the normal time. If clothes don’t completely dry in a normal cycle in the dryer, it’s a telltale sign that your dryer vent needs cleaning. A clogged dryer also increases your electricity bill while reducing the efficiency of your clothes drying process.
The outside of dryer is extremely hot
Does your dryer feel extremely hot to the touch while it’s running? Or do clothes seem unusually hot to the touch? A very hot dryer is a warning sign that the vent is not exhausting the air properly. This wears out the heating elements and blower in your dryer in a more rapid manner and are signs that shouldn’t be ignored.
A burning smell is emanating from your dryer
Lint is highly flammable, and a burning odor is a dangerous sign. Lint accumulates in the exhaust tube, drum casting, and lint trap. It produces a burning smell if it gets too hot and before it fully catches fire. It’s important to stop using the dryer immediately if you smell a burning odor. Call a professional right away to have the dryer inspected and cleaned.
Clothes smell musty
If your clothes smell musty (like mold) after a drying cycle, it means your dryer vent is clogged. A clogged vent prevents moisture from leaving the unit causing a buildup of a musty smell that leaves your clothes smelling terrible after a drying cycle.
Dryer vent hood flap doesn’t open properly
If the vent hood flap doesn’t open as it is designed to, it’s a telltale sign that you’re due for a cleaning. At this point, a considerable amount of lint will be visible on the outside vent of your home.
You haven’t had the dryer vent cleaned or inspected it in a year
It’s important to inspect your dryer vent at least once a year to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or fires.
At Dial One Professional Duct Cleaning we provide award-winning duct cleaning throughout Toronto area. We are dedicated to helping keep your home comfortable, and above all, safe. Contact us today at (416) 896-4799 to schedule dryer vent cleaning service from experienced professionals you can trust.